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David Davis Mansion State Historic Site

1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701, USA

In 1844, Davis won election as a Whig to the Illinois legislature, and four years later was elected judge of Illinois' Eighth Judicial Circuit, where he served on the bench during Lincoln's remaining years as an attorney on the circuit. The two became close friends, and Davis worked diligently as Lincoln's campaign manager at the 1860 Republican nominating convention in Chicago. In 1862, President Lincoln appointed Davis to the United States Supreme Court, where Davis wrote the majority opinion in Ex parte Milligan, a landmark decision restricting the rights of military courts to try civilians. In 1877, he resigned from the court after being elected to the United States Senate by the Illinois legislature. Davis served as Senate president pro tempore from 1881 to 1883, and was known unofficially as "Mr. Vice President." He retired from the Senate in 1883 and spent the remainder of his life at Clover Lawn.


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The David Davis Mansion is located in Bloomington, Illinois, not far from where several interstates merge (I-55, I-74, I-39). Located at the intersection of I-55 between Chicago and St. Louis, I-74 between Peoria and Champaign/Urbana, and I-39 between Decatur and Rockford. From I-55, take Business 51 into town (Main Street/Center Street). Go east on Washington St. turn left onto Davis Avenue (north for 2 blocks).

Visitor Services

Public restrooms, museum shop, free parking, first floor and visitor center handicapped accessible, educational programs, site brochures, regular tours, tea programs and tours, garden tours.

Available Interpretation

Information; tours available Wednesday through Sunday.

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Admission Fee

Tours are free but donation (Adults $4.00, Children $2.00) is suggested.


Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.



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